Patents Examined by David Z Huang
  • Patent number: 11116255
    Abstract: A power supply unit of an aerosol generation apparatus includes: a power supply capable of discharging to a load for generating an aerosol from an aerosol source; a controller configured to control the power supply; and a housing configured to house the power supply and the controller. The controller is configured to detect at least one of leakage of a liquid inside the housing and entering of a liquid into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN TABACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuma Mizuguchi, Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 11119077
    Abstract: A gas chromatograph includes a display unit, indicators, and a display control unit. The gas chromatograph is provided with a plurality of units having the same function, and the indicators are each associated with any of the plurality of units. When the error has occurred in any of the plurality of units in the gas chromatograph, processing of the display control unit displays an error notification screen on a display screen of a display unit, and in addition, operates an indicator associated with the unit in which the error has occurred. Therefore, a user can recognize in which of the plurality of units the error has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Yamane
  • Patent number: 11112329
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for testing the integrity of packaging using vacuum. The apparatus consists of tank with an interior chamber, a lid operable to allow placement of a package into the interior chamber, a hold down plate attached to the lid, a measuring device configured to measure the size of the package, and a vacuum device configured to apply vacuum to the interior chamber of the vacuum chamber. During testing the package is submerged in a liquid, then placed under vacuum until predetermined size is reached. Then the package is inspected for indications of leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Haug
  • Patent number: 11105676
    Abstract: In described examples, each node between adjacent capacitive elements of a stack of series-coupled capacitive elements is biased during a reset mode, where each of the capacitive elements includes piezoelectric material. A strain-induced voltage is generated across each of the capacitive elements. Each of the strain-induced voltages is combined to generate a piezoelectric-responsive output signal during a sensing mode at a time different from the time of the reset mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Zwerg, Sudhanshu Khanna, Steven C. Bartling, Brian Elies, Krishnasawamy Nagaraj, Wei-Yan Shih
  • Patent number: 11105722
    Abstract: Certain implementations of the subject matter can be implemented to screen demulsifiers. A live emulsion of a live hydrocarbon sample and a water sample is flowed through a capillary viscometer. The live hydrocarbon sample includes dissolved gases retrieved from a hydrocarbon-carrying reservoir. While flowing the live emulsion through the capillary viscometer, a demulsifier sample is flowed through the capillary viscometer. The demulsifier sample is capable of causing breakdown of the live emulsion. Using the capillary viscometer, change in a viscosity of the live emulsion over time resulting from the breakdown of the live emulsion due to the demulsifier sample is measured. Multiple images of the breakdown of the live emulsion over time are captured. A strength of the live emulsion is classified based, in part, on the change in the viscosity of the live emulsion over time and on the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Sunil Kokal, Zuhair Al-Yousif
  • Patent number: 11099490
    Abstract: An inspection substrate for inspecting a component of an apparatus for processing production substrates, the inspection substrate having: a body having dimensions similar to the production substrates so that the inspection substrate is compatible with the apparatus; a sensor configured to generate inspection information relating to a parameter of the component of the apparatus, the sensor embedded in the body; a control detector embedded in the body and configured to detect a control signal transmitted by the apparatus for processing production substrates; and a controller embedded in the body and configured to control the sensor in response to detection of the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Arnoldus Leonardus Johannes Raaymakers, Peter Johannes Antonius Raedts, Miao Yu
  • Patent number: 11099115
    Abstract: A system and method for surface characterization of a porous solid or powder sample using flowing gas include mass flow controllers configured to deliver a controllable mass flow of a carrier gas and adsorptive gas to vary concentration of the adsorptive gas flowing through at least one measurement channel containing a sample cell. A concentration detector downstream of the sample cell provides a signal indicative of the adsorptive gas concentration to a controller that determines the amount of adsorptive gas adsorbed and/or desorbed to characterize the surface area, pore volume, pore volume distribution, etc. of the sample material. The detector may include a housing, heat exchanger, thermal conductivity detector, and a temperature regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Miroslav Pejcinovic, Jeffrey Taylor Bodycomb
  • Patent number: 11092515
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a platform for testing collisions or near-collision situations between a collision body, in particular a vehicle, and a test object. The platform has a base body, which has a bottom surface and an attachment surface formed opposite to the bottom surface, wherein an attachment device is formed on the attachment surface for attaching the test object. Furthermore, the platform has at least one roller element, which is arranged at the bottom surface, wherein the roller element configured such that the base body is displaceable along a ground by the roller element. An installation box having an installation volume is arranged in a receiving opening of the base body, wherein the installation box is conceived in the receiving opening of the base body such that a temperature control region of the installation box is in contact with a surroundings of the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Reinhard Hafellner, Martin Fritz
  • Patent number: 11079228
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a detector is disclosed. The detector has a mechanism with first and second vibrators which vibrate in first and second directions. Circuits detect output first and second signals conforming to the detected positions of the vibrators. A detection circuit detects second signal using the first signal as a reference of synchronous detection and outputs a detection signal. A filter continues a moving average process on the detection signal for a period set based on the first signal. A controller circuitry controls the mechanism to causes the first vibrator to start vibrating in the first direction in synchronization with a clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Yohei Hatakeyama, Tetsuro Itakura
  • Patent number: 11079267
    Abstract: A measurement device (10) comprising a sensing circuit (30) which is electrically floating and fully isolated. The sensing circuit (30) has a first (134) and a second (148) transformer across which is connected a measurement circuit (110). The device is so constructed that any signal generated in the coil (132) of the said first transformer (134) that is connected to the measurement circuit (110) caused by a change in any external magnetic field relative to the measurement circuit (110) is in anti-phase with the corresponding signal generated in the coil (164) of the said second transformer (148) that is connected to the measurement circuit (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Michael John Gill
  • Patent number: 11079293
    Abstract: The method and system disclosed herein allow pressure profile data to be collected remotely from multiple autonomous sensors without entering the blast radius. The system obtains a GPS synchronized time value for detonation and obtains subsequent synchronized pressure data sets overtime from multiple independently functioning remote and correlates that data from each transducer with the initial detonation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Catherine S Stephens, Clifford E Grey, Roland Fuentes, Larry Watkins
  • Patent number: 11073456
    Abstract: A test force generating spring that is interposed between an indenter shaft provided with an indenter at a distal end and a press that linearly displaces the indenter shaft toward a sample stage so as to press the indenter into a surface of a sample is configured as an annular spring having left/right symmetry, the annular spring including a left/right pair of through-holes that are formed running from one side surface of a substantially rectangular metal block to another side surface on a rear side of the block and a slit that is formed so as to connect the pair of through-holes. With this configuration, a highly accurate test force can be generated and a hardness test can be favorably performed by a hardness tester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Masaru Kawazoe
  • Patent number: 11067483
    Abstract: A hybrid cooler/dryer that conditions a sample gas includes a heat exchanger, a condensate-removal device, and a membrane dryer. In some embodiments, the hybrid cooler/dryer also includes passive cooling, as embodied by an air amplifier and heat sink, or a length of tubing that exposes the sample gas to ambient temperature. The hybrid cooler/dryer requires no electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Perma Pure LLC
    Inventors: Craig Sunada, Cui Jun, Yuan Lin, Robert Laemmle
  • Patent number: 11061158
    Abstract: A method and device are described for making in situ measurements of the density and viscosity of downhole fluids at subterranean wells. An oscillator circuit is deployed in the well comprising an amplifier, a feedback loop, and an electromechanical resonator. The electromechanical resonator is a component in the feedback loop of the oscillator circuit, and has a resonance mode that determines the frequency of the oscillator circuit. The electromechanical resonator is also in contact with the fluid such that the density and viscosity of the fluid influence the resonant frequency and damping of the resonator. The frequency of the oscillator is measured by a microcontroller. In one embodiment, the oscillator circuit periodically stops driving the electromechanical resonator such that the oscillation decays and the rate of decay is also measured by the microcontroller. The density and viscosity of the fluid are determined from the frequency and rate of decay of the oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Miguel Gonzalez, Max Deffenbaugh, Huseyin Seren, Sebastian Csutak
  • Patent number: 11041586
    Abstract: A snubber includes a head portion, a shank portion, and a threaded portion. The shank portion is attached to the head portion, and the shank portion defines a shank diameter. The threaded portion is attached to the shank portion, and the threaded portion includes an external helical thread wrapped around a central shaft. The external helical thread defines a threaded diameter, and the central shaft defines a central shaft diameter. The shank diameter and the thread diameter are sized such that the shank portion and the threaded portion define at least one fluid flow path when the snubber is installed in a pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gary M. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 11029285
    Abstract: A real time and quantitative method of measuring traction force of living cells include the following procedures. Place AT-cut and BT-cut quartz crystals of the same frequency, surface morphology and/or modified with the same cell adhesion molecules in petri dishes or detection cells; add the cells to the petri dishes or detection cells, the cell traction force at arbitrary time t during adhesion of the cells or under different internal/external environmental stimulations is estimated by the following equation: ?St=(KAT?KBT)?1[tqAT?ftAT/frAT?tqBT?ftBT/frBT]. The method can be used to track the dynamic changes of cells generated force during the adhesion of cells and under different internal/external environmental stimulations, such as the effects of drugs. The drugs can be added before or after the adhesion of the cells. This method is suitable for all adherent cells, including primary cells and passage cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Tiean Zhou, Lun Xiong, Zhen Zhou, Jingyuan Huang, Haibo Shen, Dongqin Bao, Fushen Huang, Kebin Wu, Weisong Pan, Jia Zhao, Bin Hong
  • Patent number: 11027537
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to determining a correction factor that converts a measured sensor distance to a calibrated sensor distance. The measured sensor distance may be based on an amount of substrate advancement through a web printing press between detecting a mark on the substrate at a first sensor and detecting the mark at a second sensor. The calibrated sensor distance may be the separation between the first sensor and the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Nimrod Lucas, Ofer Hollenberg, Ran Soffer
  • Patent number: 11022465
    Abstract: Fiber-optic equipment is often deployed in various locations, and performance of fiber-optic transmissions may be monitored as a gauge of equipment status to prevent costly and inconvenient communication outages. Events that damage equipment that eventually result in outage and may be desirable to address proactively, but the occurrence of such events may be difficult to detect only through equipment performance. Presented herein are techniques for monitoring and maintaining fiber-optic equipment performance via enclosure sensors that measure physical properties within a fiber-optic equipment enclosure, such as temperature, pressure, light, motion, vibration, and moisture, which are often diagnostic and predictive of causes of eventual communication outages, such as temperature-induced cable loss (TICL), incomplete flash-testing during installation, exposure to hazardous environmental conditions, and tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Preformed Line Products Co.
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Levac, Adam Michael Deel, Randy Gene Cloud, David Anthony Koehler, Jaanki Kirit Thakkar, Benjamin Franklin Ciesielczyk
  • Patent number: 11016117
    Abstract: Method and systems of determining when to replace an air data probe are provided. The method includes measuring a temperature of a heating element of an air data probe; tracking an amount of time the heating element is within at least one temperature range; and providing an air data probe replacement indication when a replacement threshold is met that is at least in part based on reaching a cumulative amount of time the heating element has a measured temperature within the at least one temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Grant A. Gordon, Merle L Sand, Lloyd Bratlien, Jason Garde, John W Jacoby
  • Patent number: 11016003
    Abstract: A vibration monitoring system described herein is used to detect and analyze mechanical characteristics such as vibrations emanating from a rotating system (including the shaft and bearing system). The analysis of the mechanical characteristics yields decision data as to whether and which component connected with the rotating system is faulty so that it may be replaced. An example of a rotating system would be any of the rotating accessories present in an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: EZ PULLEY LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Andrew Laricchiuta, Joseph M. Ambrosio, Michael J. Kuhl, John O'Brien, Joshua I. Romero, George Jacob, Steven Massaro